Iranian female referees create Asian futsal history
Kuala Lumpur: Asian refereeing marked a historic milestone this week when Islamic Republic of Iran match officials Fathi Zari and Gelareh Nazemi became the first female referees to officiate in an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) men’s futsal competition.
Zari was the first to carve her name in the history books after being appointed as the Second Referee of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 Asian Playoff tie between Vietnam and Lebanon on Sunday, with Nazemi selected for the same position in the return leg on Tuesday, which saw the Southeast Asians clinch their spot for the global futsal showpiece.
AFC Referees Committee strengthens development of Asia’s match officials
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Referees Committee underlined its determination to elevate the development of Asia’s match officials by approving the new criteria for the AFC Member Association (MA)’s International Referees Quota for 2023 to 2024 at its third meeting held virtually on Tuesday.
Led by Chairperson His Excellency (HE) Du Zhaocai, the committee members recognised the need to continuously enhance the foundations for AFC MAs through the new criteria and also paid tribute to the Continent’s match officials for their role in the successful and safe staging of the AFC Champions League (West) Group Stage.
VAR set for AFC Champions League Knockout Stage and AFC Cup Final
Kuala Lumpur: The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be implemented for the second straight season from the Quarter-final stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League and in the AFC Cup Final for the first time.
After the VAR’s debut in the last edition of the AFC Champions League, which was the first in AFC Club Competitions history, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will continue to set new benchmarks in Asian refereeing by adding the system in the AFC Cup Final.
Renowned match officials join AFC Refereeing STAR Programme as coaches
Kuala Lumpur: Alireza Faghani from the Islamic Republic of Iran, a two-time Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Referee of the Year, is among the star-studded coaches to lend their expertise in the newly launched AFC Refereeing STAR Programme.
Faghani, who has officiated in the FIFA World Cup, AFC Asian Cup and AFC Champions League, are joined by other coaches including FIFA Women’s World Cup referee Qin Liang of China PR and AFC Elite Referee Instructors Vladislav Tseytlin of Uzbekistan and Awni Hassouneh of Jordan in the remote education initiative that provides AFC Member Associations (MAs) with exclusive and customisable refereeing resources.
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) today reinforced its commitment towards building on and maintaining the high standards of match officials on the Continent by launching the AFC Refereeing STAR Programme – a remote education initiative that provides Member Associations (MAs) with exclusive and customisable refereeing resources.
Available to all 47 AFC MAs, the AFC Refereeing STAR Programme aims to provide match officials with a range of unique courses to be delivered online, which will enable the AFC to enhance the delivery of its education programmes by embracing the latest technological advances.
Doha: No football player, club or association emerged from 2020 without feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Asia’s elite referees have also been forced to adapt to what quickly became the new normal.
From their own domestic competitions to the AFC Champions League, the Continent’s match officials have shown diligence and professionalism and played a key role in keeping the game alive during the most difficult of circumstances.
During the closing stages of the ongoing AFC Champions League in Doha, AFC Referees Committee Deputy Chairperson, Hany Taleb Ballan Al Raeesi joined us to share his thoughts on the competition, VAR and how Asia’s refereeing fraternity has navigated a year of unprecedented challenges.
Qatar’s Al-Jassim to officiate AFC Champions League Final
Doha: Qatari referee Abdulrahman Ibrahim Y J Al-Jassim has been appointed to officiate the eagerly anticipated 2020 AFC Champions League Final between the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis and Korea Republic’s Ulsan Hyundai FC on Saturday at the Al Janoub Stadium.
Together with assistants and compatriots, Ramzan Saeed M A Al-Naemi and Saoud Ahmed S A Almaqaleh, the trio will be supported by Video Assistant Referee (VAR), Khamis Mohammed S A Al-Marri from Qatar, who will oversee the implementation of the VAR system in the final of an AFC Club Competition for the first time.